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Peach Bourbon Ice Cream

Friday, July 5, 2013 at 01:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Juicy peaches at the peak of ripeness are one of my favorite summertime treats. And there’s nothing like creamy, homemade ice cream to keep you cool on a hot day. This easy-to-make recipe combines fresh, flavorful peaches with a touch of bourbon and honey sweetness. The result? A perfectly refreshing, warm-weather delight that’s sure to be a winner at your next summer party.

peach bourbon ice cream
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, with my additions of bourbon and honey to kick it up a notch. Churn up a batch and enjoy!

Peach Bourbon Ice Cream

  • 3 cups sliced peeled peaches (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Place the peaches in a blender or food processor; process until finely chopped. Combine peaches and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour peach mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon ice cream into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm. Note: this ice cream is best eaten the same day it’s made.

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    Cheers to Spring! Cocktails to Celebrate the Season

    Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Spring is finally in full swing, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Warmer weather, longer days, shorter hemlines, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, the Kentucky Derby… just to name a few. And what better way to properly ring in spring than with a refreshing seasonal cocktail?

    spring cocktails
    Whether you’re hosting a springtime soirée or just need a reason to raise a glass, here are a few of my favorite fresh and vibrant cocktail recipes to sip this season. Cheers!
     
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    Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits

    Friday, July 1, 2011 at 12:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Friends and family, beaches and barbecues, fireworks and fun. Nothing screams summer like Fourth of July weekend. For a festive treat that’s sure to be a hit at any celebration, try whipping up this simple, refreshing layered fruit parfait. In patriotic red, white and blue, this cool, creamy dessert is perfect for all your Independence Day picnics and parties.

    Red, White and Blueberry Mascarpone Parfaits (serves 4)

  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese (available in most Italian specialty markets or gourmet grocers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries (or strawberries)
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    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, sugar, vanilla and orange liqueur and whip together with an electric mixer. Slowly add the whipping cream, a little at a time, and continue beating until the cream is incorporated and the mixture is fluffy. Fold in the lemon zest, cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least an hour.

    Using parfait glasses or Champagne flutes, spoon some raspberries or strawberries into the bottom of the glass, then add a dollop of the chilled whipped cream mixture. Add a layer of blueberries, then another dollop of whipped cream. Continue layering until glass is full, then playfully arrange berries on top. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
     

    Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!

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